Recorded: New York City, December 14, 1939
Morton always retained a pronounced aesthetic sense for the music he absorbed during his boyhood in New Orleans and his subsequent travels. Morton’s sensibility was never any keener than in the „Spanish tinge“ that Morton distilled from Latin, Caribbean and Portuguese influences. Jelly Roll asserted to Alan Lomax that it was the „Spanish tinge“ that separated jazz from ragtime. In effect, Morton understood that jazz drew from a wider swath of international influences than is widely acknowledged even today. These influences were not occasional departures imposed upon jazz, but an integral part of the tradition that lay behind it. (Rob Bamberger)
The release of Morton’s Library of Congress recordings in 2005 by Rounder Records (which netted a Grammy for John Szwed’s liner notes) boosted Morton’s profile.